DESTINY is a game which I avoided until now because I had heard a lot of bad things about it. Also, for the very stupid reason that I really-really loved Halo and had an irrational dislike of the game Bungie started working on in place of Halo, which resulted in the Halo franchise completely going to crap.
Destiny also had a really crappy opening with the fact the story was completely absent. Apparently, they were so worried about screwing up the storyline they just decided not to actually include it. There's an opening where it explains present-day humanity encountered a big city-sized moon that somehow gave us magic powers as well as ushered in a utopian Golden Age.
|A decent character creator but nothing great.|
After the Traveler, the big city-sized moon, helped us along with our Golden Age--it turned out his mortal enemy the Darkness came and wrecked our shit. A bunch of other races came with the Darkness' attack like the Fallen (insect-pirates who are what humanity could become), the Hive (zombies who feel like they should switch names with the Fallen), the Cabal (rhino-Marines), and the Vex (evil robots). You, as a Guardian (Jedi with guns), are infused with the Light and have a little Guilty Spark robot who leads you on missions to fight the dudes until you blow up a garden of evil.
|Gorgeous graphics but that's to be expected.|
The gameplay is, well, the gameplay is Borderlands. I don't know how I can get around this but this game plays nearly identical to Borderlands. You are running around with a fire team of other players, you shoot lots of things, you loot the things, you increase your loot damage and armor, and everything is about getting higher levels in everything. The thing is, Borderlands is like Arkham Asylum, it's not a problem if the game mechanics are good.
|Totally not Borderlands.|
As mentioned, again, the scenery is gorgeous and all of the maps are entertaining. You revisit perhaps more of them than a 500 million dollar game should warrant but I don't have any complaints about them. They're very well designed for a shooting gallery and there's always sufficient cover to regenerate health. If the game had been equipped with a better story, I really would think this was every bit as good as Halo.
|The spaceship seems oddly unimportant.|
Another great element of Destiny is the music. This game has an incredible score. Screw everything else, this is an awesome soundtrack. It's up there with the Lord of the Rings and it's a shame that it doesn't have a game which lives up to the incredible epicness you hear while playing. This belongs to a game which had a plot to live up to its Star Wars-esque potential.
|The Queen of the Awoken is a great character that...is wasted.|
In conclusion, Destiny is an okay game. There's some genuinely good moments and a lot of okay moments with some completely boring ones. It's a game which feels like it was rewritten multiple times (which it was), had no clear vision (which it didn't), and had a lot of disorientation over what the developers wanted from it (which they did). Still, despite its massive spending, it succeeded as a financial investment so Bungie isn't going to take over Halo again any time soon.